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Giles It's almost hard to believe there's any space for Tim to fit in when they play this stuff as a duo! The magical uber-complex counterpoint flowing from and resolving to the killer tunes has a similar feel to the full band Berne but these are clarifying in their complexity - you can understand all the moving parts on the same level. Also perhaps the best showcase of Mr Mitchell's solo skills I've heard - he's fully in his element!
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Oceanographic Beautiful interpretations of Tim Berne's challenging compositions. Makes me appreciate them in a whole new light! And beautiful sounding, as well.
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oc a monumentous celestial maze of a record. a kaleidoscopic reimagining of tim berne's music. quite simply the solo piano record of the decade.
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John Cratchley Now this is extraordinary!!!
Tim is a unique musician and a fine composer; honed over many years of exemplary music making...he's paid his dues many times over in my view...and Matt Mitchell is a very attuned interpreter; he makes this material his own as well as an homage...
Shout out for the ever brilliant Steve Byram and check out Tim's playing with David Torn's Sun Of Goldfinger (great Vortex set doing the rounds)...
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    Artist and designer Steve Byram has done probably 30 or more Screwgun covers over the decades. His visual sensibility is like no one else’s – and he gets my sense of humor, with track titles and so on. I feel strongly about this album as a CD, not just a digital file. The art and package mean that it’s not static, not flat, not just a container for a disc. The artwork is part of the attraction, making you want to sit with this thing for awhile. -TB

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PÆNË 04:15
TRĀÇĘŚ 09:56
ÀÄŠ 13:26
RÄÅY 07:09
ŒRBS 05:07
CLØÙDĒ 13:08
SÎÏÑ 04:58


Matt Mitchell plays Tim Berne: førage
The compositions of iconic saxophonist/bandleader Tim Berne have earned renown for their intensely kinetic, dizzyingly intricate quality as performed around the world by his various groups over the past four decades. With the album førage – available digitally and on CD from Screwgun – listeners have the chance to experience Berne’s music as never before, in versions for solo piano. Virtuoso pianist Matt Mitchell, a member of Berne’s hit band Snakeoil, has explored the full range of the composer’s songbook. In fact, Berne says: “No one knows my music better than Matt.” On førage, Mitchell devises mash-ups of multiple compositions, improvises new angles off the music, and often slows it down to reveal heretofore hidden beauties – limpid harmonies and ruminative melodies, like dark pearls unspooled. Studio maestro David Torn – a longtime sonic co-conspirator with Berne, as well as producer of Mitchell’s past two albums – helmed the recording of førage. The cover artwork and distinctive CD package is by Steven Byram, who has worked hand in glove with Berne for decades (including the recent Screwgun publication of their joint art book, Spare).


released March 31, 2017


All tūnes tīm bernë pãrty musįc bmï
Sonic föraging:davîd torñ
Engineered by dāniel goødwin
Assistant:Michael Santoli
Stevę Bÿram/ærty rėnderings
Fôtos:Tīm Bernę
Matt's fingérs:Daniel Goodwin
Recorded at systems two brooklyn
Thank you Joe and Nancy!



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